We want to do something good for the community,” said Karl Fix, one of those who spearheaded the Bowties & Sweethearts Valentine’s Gala, which will be held Feb. 12 in the Regency Ballroom at the Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza. “And it will help people see rugby in a better light,” he added. “We’re more than a rugby club.”
Fix, Tim Wicijowski, Herb Wheaton, Tim Young and Craig Lothian are the organizers of the by-invitation-only black-tie event, which will feature gourmet creations by Chef Milton Rebello and white-glove table service. Popular local entertainer Rory Allen will be the featured performer, with appearances by Jodi Scott and Jasmine Paige.
The exclusive “social event of the season,” as Fix describes it, will include hors d’oeuvres and a five-course meal, valet parking, a complimentary Valentine’s sweetheart rose, and a complimentary photo of each couple.
“It’s like a Vegas experience,” Fix said. “No corners are cut. It’s all black tie, first cabin.”
About 300 “community leaders” are expected to attend the $150-per-ticket gala.
The Leader-Post Christmas Cheer Fund is only one of the non-rugby-related endeavours supported by the Howlers since the Regina-based rugby club was formed in 2007. For example, the club has donated money and supplies to support orphanages and schools in Havana, Cuba. Closer to home, it’s provided a van and financial assistance to a First Nations grandmother, who is single-handedly raising her four grandchildren (one of whom lost part of his leg to cancer) — and is now battling cancer herself.
The club has also donated money, rugby balls and shirts, to support rugby enthusiasts around the globe — from Cuba to Mexico and Rwanda. And it has provided financial assistance to fellow rugby players battling cancer and life-altering injuries.
The Dog River Howlers Rugby Club believes rugby is more than a game. It’s a way of life, Fix said.
Besides playing rugby, competitively, the club believes it needs to contribute to both the sport and to people in need everywhere, he said.
“The Howlers also want to use ‘our game’ as a vehicle to build bridges between people around the world,” Fix explained.
“It’s time to give back.”
By IRENE SEIBERLING Leader-Post
21 Jan 2011